The leaves look as they do in the picture, but their texture is fascinating. hard and wiry, like tiny dreadlocks.
First smell of the wet leaves surprised me. It was far ‘darker’ than i had been expecting: raw cocoa, heavily roasted almonds to the point of being burnt, rounded out by malt. I got a whiff of dark berries like blueberries, but later I had a more consistent raspberry aroma.

these aromas follow through on tasting. malty cocoa, sweet and bitter. It walks the edge of medium-bodied to custardy mouth feel.

Overall very enjoyable. I did find it hard to eradicate my expectations on this one: it was far more ‘high-toned’ that i had anticipated

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I like tea; I’d like to drink more of it. I also like wine; I probably drink too much of that.

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